Month: September 2009

Never lose a hair clip again

My daughter has an adorable hair clip holder that does a pretty great job of organizing her hair accessories, as long as they actually make it up the stairs and into her room. Most of the time they’re shoved in the bathroom drawers, or worse, left lying around for my youngest to stick in her mouth. So thank goodness for the new Ribbies Clippies hair clip cases that hold up to 14 barrettes and actually keep them organized. This simple, cotton hair clip “wallet” is perfect for your bathroom, your kitchen junk drawer, or wherever your daughter’s hair clips tend to congregate. You can even pop one...

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The end to “reply all?” It’s a miracle!

My kids have been back to school for a few weeks already, and my inbox runneth over. I need more volunteers for the coupon drive, says the coordinator. This is quickly followed by a bevy of reply-alls which are making me crazy, so I can only imagine the poor coordinator is already drinking heavily. If only we were using VolunteerSpot, a free online volunteer scheduling tool, everyone would know exactly what was needed when, without reply-all-ing the entire school. The coordinator simply hops online, creates the necessary schedule of needs (slotting both people to participate and items for drop-off),...

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Baby Burrito – Changing my mind about changing pads

With three kids and only one bag, I’ve taken to paring down to what I consider to be an essential? to make room for stuff I really need when I head out the door. And lately, that’s meant tossing the usually hefty diaper changing pad and making do with my baby carrier or racing back to use the car seat instead. But thanks to the mom-designed Baby Burrito changing pad, which rolls up tightly enough to fit in my jam-packed bag, I’m back on the changing pad wagon. The fabrics are stylish and easily wiped down (key!) and their...

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Hot red fashion for fall – CMP does Etsy

If you’re looking for a little sumpin’ sumpin’ that will brighten your day and class up your look for fall, take a look at the hot color this season – red. Think of it as a little reward for surviving summer (and all those pastels) intact. The Sweet Red Rose ring from Spiderella Studio (above) made me catch my breath. It’s small, inexpensive and just the right size to wear to a Back-to-School night in jeans and a nice sweater. If you’re going somewhere a bit nicer (date night?) this Jersey Knit Tunic Vest from erinleighheart would be perfect, maybe...

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A mini-me for your mini-she

Rarely do I bemoan the fact that my daughter won’t tolerate anything in her hair, but when I first saw these mini me custom felt portraits from Emandsprout, I couldn’t stop thinking of how utterly adorable a portrait barrette would look in her blond hair. Send in a photo and the the artist will turn it into a custom felt portrait that can be made into a hair clip, headband, or brooch–any of which would be a super cute way to accessorize an outfit. Emandsprout’s creations are known for being impeccably made, and her whimsy extends to a huge...

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Back to school clothes that don’t wear out by October. Promise.

My kids wear uniforms to school. In general, I’m a big fan because it makes getting out the door that much easier (white polo! navy shorts! let’s go!). But I get a little wistful when I’m shopping for school clothes — after all, how excited can you get about white polo shirts? Not very, I’ll tell you what. This year, Sweden’s Polarn O. Pyret is totally cheering me up with their first foray into fall for the states. Their selection of cool, slightly quirky, high quality European pieces are the perfect antidote to boring basics with retro patterns and...

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The cutest rattle of all time? We may have found a winner.

Just when I’m convinced that I have indeed found the cutest rattles ever, I take a spin through etsy and find stiff competition in the handmade birdie baby rattles from Mamachee. These rattles feature sweet little birds on a brown handle, all of which are hand crocheted by an Alaskan stay-at-home-mom and are the perfect size for little hands. The combination of the bright colors and adorable bird face are pretty darn cute, but the felted heart detail on the back took it right over the edge for me.  It’s one of the most impactful baby gifts under $25 that I’ve seen, but if you’re handy with a...

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